The Blue Lantern: And Other Stories
In a recent New York Times Magazine feature article, Victor Pelevin was cited as almost alone among his generation of Russian novelists in speaking with a voice authentically his own, and in trying to write about Russian life in its current idiom. Since the publication of this collection of stories, The Blue Lantern, Pelevin's books have been translated into many languages, and Pelevin himself has been touted as a major world writer. The Blue Lantern, winner of the Russian Little Booker Prize, gathers eight of his very best stories. Various, delightful, and uncategorizable, the stories are highly addictive. Pelevin here, as in The Yellow Arrow (New Directions, 1996), Omon Ra (ND, 1997), and A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia (ND, 1998), pays great attention to the meaning of life, in earnest and as spoof. In the title story, kids in a Pioneer camp tell terrifying bedtime stories; in Hermit and Six-Toes, two chickens are obsessed with the nature of the universe as viewed from their poultry plant; the Young Communist League activists of Mid-Game change their sex to become hard-currency prostitutes; and The Life and Adventures of Shed #XII is the story of a storage hut whose dream is to become a bicycle.
New Directions Publishing Corporation
May 17, 2000
5.0 X 0.4 X 7.9 inches | 0.49 pounds
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About the Author
Victor Pelevin is the author of A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia and Other Stories, The Life of Insects, Omon Ra, The Yellow Arrow, and The Blue Lantern, a collection of short stories that won the Russian "Little Booker" Prize. His novel Buddha's Little Finger was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He was named by the New Yorker as one of the best European writers under thirty-five and by the Observer newspaper in London as one of "twenty-one writers to watch for the twenty-first century."
Andrew Bromfield is a founding editor of the Russian literature journal Glas. He is best known for his acclaimed translations of Victor Pelevin and Boris Akunin, and his work has been short listed for numerous translation prizes.
In The Blue Lantern & Other Stories, Pelevin continues to gnaw at our confidence in conventional reality, like a dog worrying a bone.